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Key Concepts in Mental Health: (SAGE Key Concepts series)

21st December 2009

Mental health is an area that new students and trainee practitioners often find bewildering. This book cuts through the stigma associated with this topic. It delivers bite-sized chunks of information that cover the central concepts and debates which shape contemporary views about mental health and illness. As this book shows, these key concepts not only influence our understanding of mental health, but also govern the provision of services for people with mental-health problems.

Key Concepts in Mental Health

Drawing together perspectives from sociology, psychiatry, psychology and ethics, the vital topics in mental health are examined in three parts:

Part One - Mental Health and Mental-Health Problems explores theories and understandings of mental health and illness

Part Two - Mental Health Services looks at the structure and organization of mental health service delivery, past and present

Part Three - Mental Health and Society studies the social context.

This new edition adds 10 new concepts as well as updating the previous entries. New topics include childhood adversity, recovery, spirituality, well-being, social and cultural capital, quality of mental-health services, evidence-based practice, and work and mental health. This book will be invaluable for trainee health professionals, including clinical psychologists, social workers, nurses, counsellors and psychotherapists.


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